Despite a 18.2% increase in revenue in the third quarter (Q3) of 2022 to N74.037 billion from N62.627 billion recorded in the same quarter of 2021, BUA Cement Plc profit grew at a much slower pace as net finance costs jumped by 2,956.8% to N6.879 billion.
The leading cement manufacturing company disclosed in its unaudited financial statement obtained by Investors King on Thursday.
Cost of sales also grew by 35.3% to N45.325 billion in the quarter under review, up from N33.497 billion filed in the corresponding quarter of 2021.
As expected, BUA Cement’s gross profit for the quarter dipped slightly by 1.4% from N29.130 billion in Q3 2021 to N28.711 billion in Q3 2022.
Other income of the company dropped from N104.529 million achieved in Q3 2021 to N71.726 million in Q3 2022, representing a decline of 31.4%.
Similarly, selling and distribution costs grew 116.2% to N4.553 billion in the quarter from N2.106 billion posted in the same quarter of 2021. Administrative expenses also increased by 38.8% from N1.961 billion in Q3 2021 to N2.721 billion.
Therefore, operating profit for the period under review moderated by 14.5% from N25.168 billion achieved in Q3 2021 to N21.508 billion.
BUA Cement paid N195.228 billion as minimum tax in Q3 2022 to report profit before taxes of N14.434 billion, a 41.7% decline when compared to N24.766 billion reported in Q3 2021.
For income and deferred taxes BUA Cement paid N1.783 billion for the period. Profit after tax stood at N12.651 billion, a decline of 43.7% from N22.510 billion recorded in Q3 2021.
Bitmama Inc. Acquires Payday, Expanding Fintech Footprint in Nigeria
Nigeria’s blockchain payments platform Bitmama Inc. has successfully acquired Payday, a virtual card service provider.
The acquisition, facilitated through Bitmama’s cross-border payments product, Changera, signals a pivotal shift in the industry and consolidated the blockchain payment platform by acquiring 100% of Payday’s customer base.
Launched in 2021, Changera is set to absorb key personnel from Payday, spanning various departments like marketing, customer service, and engineering.
While specific details of the financial terms remain undisclosed, a source close to the matter revealed that the acquisition process is approximately “85% complete.”
For the over 300,000 customers formerly under Payday’s purview, the transition to Changera’s care promises a seamless experience, with minimal noticeable changes.
Despite Payday CEO Favour Ori’s integration into Bitmama’s team remaining uncertain, Changera is well-positioned with an established leadership and a robust technical team.
A senior member of Bitmama’s management assured that Payday’s brand will persist but will now operate under the broader umbrella of Changera, supported by its stablecoin infrastructure.
This integration aims to address operational challenges faced by Payday, such as industry-wide charge-back fraud, disruptions in Mastercard services, and the departure of senior team members.
Post-acquisition, Bitmama plans to embark on an ambitious roadmap, including the development of a new solution enhancing foreign exchange (FX) transactions for African businesses.
Anticipated for launch in Q1 2024, this solution aims to facilitate smoother and more efficient B2B cross-border financial interactions.
The acquisition of Payday by Bitmama aligns with the broader trend of strategic consolidations within the fintech industry, reflecting a pattern where companies seek partnerships and acquisitions to overcome market challenges and scale operations.
This move mirrors similar strategic consolidations, including the acquisition of Chaka by Risevest in September 2023, underscoring the industry’s drive towards collaborative growth.
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